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Nicole Winfield

Nicole Winfield is an author at Religion News Service.

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Vatican questions how priest moved $17 million meant for missionary work into investment fund

By Nicole Winfield — May 31, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has asked aides to get to the bottom of how at least $17 million was transferred from the Vatican’s U.S.-based missionary fundraising coffers into an impact investing vehicle run by a priest.

New head of Vatican charity Caritas looks to future after papal firings

By Nicole Winfield — May 17, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 'I know the past is there, but we really haven’t dwelt on it', Dutton said, referring to the sudden dismissal of his predecessor by the pope. 'We’ve been trying to look now to the future.'

Catholic, Coptic Orthodox popes offer joint Vatican blessing

By Nicole Winfield — May 10, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tawadros, the Coptic Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, joined Francis on the stage for the entirety of Francis’ weekly general audience.

Ousted Caritas chief denounces Vatican ‘power grab’

By Nicole Winfield — May 9, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the organization readies to elect his successor, the deposed chief of the Catholic aid group broke his silence, saying the Vatican’s decision to fire 'discredited the church and one of its jewels'.

Pope seeks to encourage abuse prevention board amid turmoil

By Nicole Winfield — May 8, 2023
ROME (AP) —The move follows weeks of turmoil sparked by the latest resignation of a founding member.

Ancient Knights of Malta get their 1st non-aristocratic head

By Nicole Winfield — May 5, 2023
ROME (AP) — John Dunlap was born in Ottawa and practices law in New York. He found his vocation to the Knights in the 1980s while volunteering with AIDS patients at the Cardinal Cooke Medical Center in Harlem, where he has continued to volunteer.

Vatican No 2 confirms Russia-Ukraine peace mission plans

By Nicole Winfield — May 5, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See's No. 2 official confirmed Wednesday (May 5) the existence of a Vatican peace “mission” to try to end Russia's war in Ukraine, days after Pope Francis raised eyebrows with an offhand revelation of a secret operation that was already underway.

Pope speaks of secret peace ‘mission,’ help for Ukraine kids

By Nicole Winfield — May 2, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — 'There’s a mission that’s not public that’s underway; when it’s public I’ll talk about it', the pope said.

Pope voices willingness to return Indigenous loot, artifacts

By Nicole Winfield — May 2, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — “The Seventh Commandment comes to mind: If you steal something you have to give it back,” Francis said during an airborne press conference en route home from Hungary.

Responding to Indigenous, Vatican rejects Discovery Doctrine

By Nicole Winfield — March 30, 2023
(AP) — The Vatican said the papal documents had been “manipulated” for political purposes by colonial powers “to justify immoral acts against Indigenous peoples that were carried out, at times, without opposition from ecclesial authorities.”

Pope Francis at 10 years: A reformer’s learning curve

By Nicole Winfield — March 13, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope who once envisioned a papacy of 'two or three' years shows no signs of slowing down.

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The three Christian leaders spoke on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference Sunday.

Pope accuses critics of exploiting Pope Benedict XVI’s death

By Nicole Winfield — February 6, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis accused some of his critics Sunday of taking advantage of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s death.

Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

By Jean-yves Kamale, Nicole Winfield, and Christina Malkia — February 2, 2023
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Deafening cheers and chants greeted Francis on his last full day in Congo as he joined tens of thousands of young people at the Martyrs’ Stadium in the capital, Kinshasa. The Vatican said more than 65,000 people attended.

The AP Interview: Pope says homosexuality not a crime

By Nicole Winfield — January 25, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Declaring such laws 'unjust,' Francis said the Catholic Church can and should work to put an end to them.
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